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Stargate SG-1 "Serpent Guards" Miniatures - Tutorial 2

Postby Whiterook » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:27 pm

This is a second step-by-step tutorial to my method of painting Stargate SG-1 miniature "Serpent Guards".


As mentioned before....this is part of the Stagate SG-1 Miniatures game I am designing, some of the miniatures represented in the game will be the evil (depending on your perspective) Serpent Guards that do the dirty work for the Goa'uld System Lords!


I decided to try a little something different with this next batch of four; not that I didn't like the way the other batch came out, 'cause I did actually...but everything can always stand a little improvement, or in the case, simplification. I wasn't sure, after finishing up with the other ones, how necessary the gray coat was...especially where I painted Folk Art Acrylics "Metallic Aluminum" over it. So for the batch, I decided to skip the gray coat.

As last time, I did start with a basecoat of black, with Folk Art paint; same technique as earlier, which worked out really well (by the way, I also started on all the Jaffa and First Prime at the time, as well, which you will see in the background).....

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Next, I went straight to adding on the Metallic Aluminum coat to the whole figure. What I found was, I believe this saved a lot more of the dark black in the nooks and crannies, so this is probably my preferred method. Basically, it only needed the one coat.....

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And next was the coat of Folk Art Acrylic "Metallic Pure Gold". Both the aluminium and gold paintings were done drybrush, same technique as earlier....

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And a better shot of just the second batch of Serpent Guards.....

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It's of course much easier and time effective to do as many figures as I have patience to withstand. As I REALLY didn't want to screw up my SG-1 Team, these will wait until the others are painted up first....the proverbial, Best for last!
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Re: Stargate SG-1 "Serpent Guards" Miniatures - Tutorial 2

Postby Whiterook » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:32 pm

Here's a little comparison, BTW....these first two pictures are from batch #2 (keep in mind that they ahven't had the red glowing eyes put on yet!)......

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And these next two pictures are from batch #1, and I think if you look closely, you'll agree that there are more darks on the second batch above!

By skipping the gray middle coat, I think it made the black "cleaner"; whereas before, the gray coat followed by the metallic aluminum coat just ended up being a little too much paint for the figures to bear.....

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Mind you, both batches (I think) came out real well, and I am totally happy with both of them. I do like batch #2 better, though.
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Re: Stargate SG-1 "Serpent Guards" Miniatures - Tutorial 2

Postby Whiterook » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:39 pm

On the second batch, again, the eyes haven't been filled in yet, and I was trying to decide at the time whether to go with flesh hands or gold metallic gloves.

I still need to base them, in the same manner as the first batch, and matte coat them for a protective exterior.

And as an aside, here are some shots of where all this action was taking place, my basement workshop where I do the majority of my model kit building, and miniatures work.....

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Re: Stargate SG-1 "Serpent Guards" Miniatures - Tutorial 2

Postby Whiterook » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:42 pm

As with the other batch of Serpent Guards, basing was done with spackle; you can just see the spackle jar in the background of the following picture......

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Re: Stargate SG-1 "Serpent Guards" Miniatures - Tutorial 2

Postby Whiterook » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:45 pm

Spackle was spread on the bases, sand tamped in and allowed to dry....

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And then Folk Art Acrylics "Desert Sand" painted on....

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Re: Stargate SG-1 "Serpent Guards" Miniatures - Tutorial 2

Postby Whiterook » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:48 pm

Touched up the bases a little, then cleaned off the excess spackle and paint off of the rims of the bases......

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Next was some sealer on the base's sand texture. I use a mixture of Elmer's White Glue and water!

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I mix a good portion of white glue to water (more water than glue) in a RX pills container, which you can beg to get from the drugstore if you aren't lucky enough to be taking meds yet (be patient, you will....in time!). I get the easy-off caps, 'cause....well....they're easy off! And unlike their screw-off cousins, these will not spill liquid when shaken. So, once you have your ingredients, simply shake up and dollop on!

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I have an old acrylic flat brish that I use to paint on the glue mixture.

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The basic technique involves dipping the brush into the liquid (I dip right past the ferule), dab the bristles quickly and lightly on a paper towel to take some of the mixture off, and then tamp lightly on the paint surface; you can also lightly drag the brush horizontally...drawing back in a flat manner...to take out any airbubbles that sometimes form. When dry, the water/glue mixture is clear and hard, and pretty matte. It's a nice, non-toxic soltion, which also adds a nice protective coat to the part of the figure most susceptible to chipping and gouging. Try it out!

And the finished product.....

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Re: Stargate SG-1 "Serpent Guards" Miniatures - Tutorial 2

Postby Whiterook » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:52 pm

WOW...six year old thread and no one comments. Guess Serpent Guards catch no love!
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